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Villa Monte Farm House

Vila Monte Farm House

Set on a rural hillside in the heart of the Algarve, Vila Monte Farm House is a rustic boutique retreat. It is spread across large tranquil gardens filled with citrus, olive and carob trees, with the 55 rooms housed in three accommodation annexes, each with their own style and character. Within the grounds, there are two inviting swimming pools, a small massage pavilion, gym, various fire pits, a large koi pond and a small outdoor cinema where you can enjoy a film under the stars.

Inside, the decor draws on subtle Moorish influences. Whitewashed rooms are filled with comfortable seating, rush matting and natural finishes, while vases of fresh flowers provide a splash of vibrancy.

While the property itself is not located right on the beach, the hotel runs a daily shuttle and boat service (for a small fee) during the summer months to a nearby beach that is not accessible by public ferry, allowing for a wonderfully quiet and relaxed day.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

The rooms are Vila Monte Farm House are spread across three different buildings within the property’s extensive gardens. Built in a whitewashed, Moorish style, each annex offers its own individual style and character. Many of the rooms and suites have a private terrace or solarium, while all boast simple but elegantly refined decor with predominantly white styling which contrasts with the woven jute mats and warm woods. Polished concrete or terracotta-tiled floors help to keep rooms cool, while fresh flowers add a pleasant detail. Air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and garden views come as standard.

Location

Situated around 30 minutes northeast of Faro on the hillsides overlooking the surrounding countryside and with views down to the sea, Vila Monte Farm House is an idyllic rural retreat. Away from the busier areas of the region, it’s a haven of tranquillity, while at the same time offering easy access via shuttle and boat to a quiet stretch of beach on the edge of the Rio Formosa Natural Park.

Food and drink

Breakfast is served each morning in the Laranjal Restaurant, located at the end of an avenue of orange trees, and consists of an extensive buffet of local and handmade specialities as well as omelettes cooked to order. Outdoor terrace seating offers sweeping views over the rolling hillsides to the sea. In the evening Laranjal boasts an elegant fine dining menu. Alternatively, the À Terra restaurant, located off the reception, is slightly more casual with wood-fired pizzas and a menu based on local specialities. Drinks and cocktails are also available throughout the day by either of the two outdoor pools.

Facilities and activities

As well as the two outdoor swimming pools nestled within the gardens, the hotel offers a small gym and a massage pavilion. In the evening you can relax around one of the secluded fire pits or take in a screening at the small outdoor cinema. Although the property is located inland, during the summer months there is a daily shuttle and boat service to a nearby beach well off the beaten track. A small fee applies but it offers the chance explore a secluded beach in a very tranquil spot.

Our opinion

We love the relaxed atmosphere and idyllic surroundings at Vila Monte Farm House and highly recommend it as one of our preferred choices anywhere in the Algarve.

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